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Physics Core/AP 1 and 2

Chapter 19: 5-8 Assignment

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Physics 19: 5-8 RC Circuits


Reading Preparation

Text Reading: Giancoli, Physics - Principles with Applications, Chapter 19: Sections 5 to 8

Study Points

Key Equations

  • Capacitance in a Series Circuit: 1 C   =   1 C 1   +   1 C 2    +   1 C 3    ...
  • Capacitance in a Parallel Circuit: C   =   C 1   + C 2   +   C 3   ...

Web Lecture

Read the following weblecture before chat: DC Circuits: Capacitance and Resistance

Study Activity

Use the capacitance lab to experiment with plate charges.'

  • What happens to the capacitance and the electric field if you vary the voltage on the battery?
  • What happens if you vary the plate separation?
  • What happens if you vary the plate area?

Physics simulation Java Applets are the product of the PHET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Optional Website:

Please return to the Learn Physics Today! site, to look at the Unit 3, chapter 15 lecture on the more exotic aspects of circuits.

Chat Preparation Activities

  • Forum question: The Moodle forum for the session will assign a specific study question for you to prepare for chat. You need to read this question and post your answer before chat starts for this session.
  • Mastery Exercise: The Moodle Mastery exercise for the chapter will contain sections related to our chat topic. Try to complete these before the chat starts, so that you can ask questions.

Chapter Quiz

  • Required: Complete the Mastery exercise with a passing score of 85% or better.
  • Go to the Moodle and take the quiz for this chat session to see how much you already know about astronomy!

Lab Work

If you want lab credit for this course, you must complete at least 12 labs (honors course) or 18 labs (AP students). One or more lab exercises are posted for each chapter as part of the homework assignment. We will be reviewing lab work at regular intervals, so do not get behind!